Recent Stories

These stories come from the items in our collection.

The first remote school in Western Australia, located inside a limestone cave.
Letters, stories, maps and cigarette cards
Peter Edwards, Heritage Team Librarian, discusses original ANZAC materials from the State Library archives.
We stand on ancient ground. The Perth CBD area was originally home to a chain of seasonal wetlands and lakes.
William Bold was appointed Town Clerk of the City Perth in September 1901, he was the youngest in any Australian capital city.
Posters from Connections Nightclub
Many think that 'treasures' have to be old - we do not believe this. Many of our treasures are simple items that reflect what was happening at the time.
As a commander of the ill-fated ship Batavia, Dutch merchant Francisco Pelsaert documented the adventures and misfortunes in his journal.
Edith Cowan was one of Western Australia’s most important social reformers and a notable champion of women’s rights.

The Reading Room was named in honour of Leah Jane Cohen and her generous bequest to the Library Board.

A life-long love for research and history meant Dr Rica Erickson was a regular at the State Library.
Adam Trainer spoke with Christine Layton about the Library’s existing music photography collections, the process of adding to it and the exciting images included as part of this display.
Abraham “Izzy” Orloff, who captured Perth throughout the interwar years as a professional photographer.
Dr Kate discusses the Emily Clifton diaries, a collection of 48 personal diaries covering the period 1906 – 1979.